IAIA Presents Five Visionary Awards

Nov 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 10-2: Assessing Student Learning in a Cultural Environment, Tribal College News

The Institute of American Indian Arts Foundation hosted a gala evening of art and awards last July at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe. The fundraising benefit featured the presentation of the Annual Visionary Awards, a gourmet Native foods dinner, and a live auction.

The Visionary Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to American Indian art, education, and to the institute. They also consider who has increased public awareness about the importance and impact of American Indians and their culture. The 1998 recipients were U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), R.C. Gorman (Navajo artist), Charles Loloma (Hopi artist and former IAIA instructor, 1921-1991), Doug Hyde (Nez Perce sculptor and IAIA alum), and Native Peoples Magazine. Each honoree received a bronze sculpture, designed especially for the occasion by artist Dan Namingha (Tewa/Hopi).

The evening included such distinguished guests as N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), Rick West of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and actor Val Kilmer. The event raised over $140,000 for the school. Artists who donated their work included Tony Abeyta (Navajo), Darren Vigil Gray (Jicarilla Apache/Kiowa), Elizabeth Taliman (Cochiti/Navajo), Duane Maktima (Laguna/Hopi), and Nancy Youngblood Lugo (Santa Clara), among others. The collection included jewelry, pottery, sculpture, clothing, and prints.

IAIA President Della Warrior said, “There is an atmosphere of rebirth at IAIA and a spirit of regeneration, hope, and optimism. We are working together to successfully meet our challenges.” Val Kilmer closed the evening, saying, “The institute is a large contribution to the world of Native American art. It encourages personal expression of beauty, making the spirit visible, making the invisible visible.”

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